Bible Class In Chesterfield High Schools - wtvr

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A class on the Bible will soon be offered at Chesterfield County high schools. There was enough interest from principals at county high schools about a class on the Bible to get the ball rolling, but the class might not be available at every school.
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I think it is a great and wonderful idea. We need to get back to basics.
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Why not teach the Bible as an elective class in High School? Simply stated, the United States of America was founded and built upon principles set forth by Almighty God as recorded in the Bible. I am shocked to live at a time where there is a public outcry against teaching the Bible as if it were some insidious corrupting influence! For the sake of political correctness we shamelessly rewrite the history of the United States to slowly erase any recognition of the essential role which faith in God played in the existence of this country. How ironic this article airs the week before Thanksgiving. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe that public education was initially established in the United States so that, among other reasons, the people of this nation could read and understand the Bible. Oh, how far we have come from where our forefathers stood! We see crime increase and morals decline the further we depart from the principles of the Bible. As a nation we have finally “liberated” ourselves from the Bible only to be shackled to lives led by ignorance and self gratification. To the ACLU - Leave our county and let the residents and taxpayers determine what we teach in our schools!
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I teach Sunday School and Bible Study at a Baptist Church; therefore, I love to hear of the teaching of the Bible. However, it would be a grave mistake to teach the Bible simply as another great literature book or another great history book. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and should not be treated just as another great book. The conservatives should be really concerned if a smart 'non-believer' English teacher or history teacher is permitted to teach the Bible as literaure or history. There is so much in the Bible that must be accepted by faith.
Believers should opposed of having the Bible taught in a public school as literature or history.
Sincerely,
Franklin D. Jackson
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Nov 21, 2009
 
This is ludicrous! They are now wasting our schools money on bible crap when they should be putting the money into real books and computers and other things that will actually teach them something they will need in the future. So glad Henrico Co. isn't doing this.
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When I first heard about this, I was a little excited and even thought it would be great to teach it myself, but as I read further and listened more, I realized that there were going to be a number of problems apart from the finances.
If the Bible is taught as literature, you have to avoid the tendency to seek the deeper meanings as you would normally do with say, Tennyson or Twain. If it is taught as history, it will be impossible to teach the first few chapters without being influenced by your preconceived notions. The evolutionist will have to present them as allegory (and thus literature, not history), while the creationist will present it as the history it is and upset the ACLU. Then what do you do with the parting of waters, the sun standing still, sundials moving backwards, ax heads floating?…the list goes on and on, and you haven’t even left the Old Testament, yet?
Another problem will be finding the curriculum that maintains this delicate balance that the “powers that be” will be comfortable using. While I am sure there are some exceptions, those who teach that there are multiple writers of Isaiah and Daniel and promoters of “higher criticism”, most of those who study the Bible believe the Bible. The curriculum may have to be developed especially for the class, quite a challenge!
The biggest problem is going to be the Bible Itself. Because of its power and the fact that it is a living Book and not just another piece of literature, it will begin to have an impact on the teacher and the students! As I believe it was Spurgeon once said,“You don’t have to protect the Bible. It is like a lion, you just have to let it loose.” I look forward to seeing that! It will accomplish the purpose for which it has been sent forth.
This should prove interesting.
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When I first heard about this, I was a little excited and even thought it would be great to teach it myself, but as I read further and listened more, I realized that there were going to be a number of problems apart from the finances.
If the Bible is taught as literature, you have to avoid the tendency to seek the deeper meanings as you would normally do with say, Tennyson or Twain. If it is taught as history, it will be impossible to teach the first few chapters without being influenced by your preconceived notions. The evolutionist will have to present them as allegory (and thus literature, not history), while the creationist will present it as the history it is and upset the ACLU. Then what do you do with the parting of waters, the sun standing still, sundials moving backwards, ax heads floating?...the list goes on and on, and you haven't even left the Old Testament, yet?
Another problem will be finding the curriculum that maintains this delicate balance that the 'powers that be' will be comfortable using. While I am sure there are some exceptions, those who teach that there are multiple writers of Isaiah and Daniel and promoters of 'higher criticism', most of those who study the Bible believe the Bible. The curriculum may have to be developed especially for the class, quite a challenge!
The biggest problem is going to be the Bible Itself. Because of its power and the fact that it is a living Book and not just another piece of literature, it will begin to have an impact on the teacher and the students! As I believe it was Spurgeon once said,'You don't have to protect the Bible. It is like a lion, you just have to let it loose.' I look forward to seeing that! It will accomplish the purpose for which it has been sent forth.
This should prove interesting.

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Nov 21, 2009
 
This is refreshing news. I hope soon I can take classes at my local high school for Cult of Cthulhu.
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CriticalMom wrote:
This is ludicrous! They are now wasting our schools money on bible crap when they should be putting the money into real books and computers and other things that will actually teach them something they will need in the future. So glad Henrico Co. isn't doing this.
I am so glad you are not my Mom. You are unbelieveable.
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David Campbell wrote:
Why not teach the Bible as an elective class in High School? Simply stated, the United States of America was founded and built upon principles set forth by Almighty God as recorded in the Bible. I am shocked to live at a time where there is a public outcry against teaching the Bible as if it were some insidious corrupting influence! For the sake of political correctness we shamelessly rewrite the history of the United States to slowly erase any recognition of the essential role which faith in God played in the existence of this country. How ironic this article airs the week before Thanksgiving. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe that public education was initially established in the United States so that, among other reasons, the people of this nation could read and understand the Bible. Oh, how far we have come from where our forefathers stood! We see crime increase and morals decline the further we depart from the principles of the Bible. As a nation we have finally “liberated” ourselves from the Bible only to be shackled to lives led by ignorance and self gratification. To the ACLU - Leave our county and let the residents and taxpayers determine what we teach in our schools!
That's funny, because our country wasn't founded on any specific religion at all. In fact people fled to colonial America to escape religious prosecution in Europe. That's what makes our country so wonderful- not only were we founded upon coexistent religions but laws protecting those freedoms of beliefs. As a matter of fact our FOUNDING FATHERS Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine weren't religious at all, and even criticized the ideas of an omnipotent man in the sky.
But that's irrelevant in comparison to the fact that you think your Bible- which states that the earth is a few hundred years old, that people can live to be 800, that rape victims must marry their rapists and that cross dressing is an abomination to the LORD- should be taught in public schools. Not only is this against our First Amendment to the Constitution, but also the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that says that public schools CANNOT teach relgion, but can teach ABOUT it. This was passed just 15 years ago in 1995- where where you?
And another mistake in your comment is that Thanksgiving has no affiliation with God- but of cooperation and friendship between our colonists and the Native Americans for god's sake. You're lack of credible historic references just proves the point that religion and rationality and education can never mix. Or as James Madison, one of our FOUNDING FATHERS said: "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."
So as a conclusion to this, I invite you sir to pick up and read a 5th grade history textbook to save yourself further confusion on who founded and built this country. And addition to that it wouldn't hurt to research the laws favored by the majority of religion and nonreligious alike that protect the minds of our children from people like you who believe that such an absurd book that tells readers to stone anybody who works on a Sunday, a girl who has had sex before marriage, homosexuals, and disobedient children should be taught in public schools. Even a jackass on psychedelics can see that worshiping an invisible deity, eating foam bread and boxed wine to erase sin, talking to yourself at night with plastic beads, ignoring the fact that hundreds of religious officials rape alter boys, believing in a "hell" of fire designed for unbaptized babies, homos, and Jews, and thinking that a man on a hovering cloud actually cares about your daily activities and your midday poo- is completely, and utterly irrational, delusional, and fucking crazy.
This is why we have education in our country. And I commend our country's protection on it.
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May 17, 2010
 
P Thornton wrote:
I think it is a great and wonderful idea. We need to get back to basics.
Hopefully it'll teach the kids to learn how to Love everybody no matter what their mean spirited parents say.
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David Campbell wrote:
Why not teach the Bible as an elective class in High School? Simply stated, the United States of America was founded and built upon principles set forth by Almighty God as recorded in the Bible. I am shocked to live at a time where there is a public outcry against teaching the Bible as if it were some insidious corrupting influence! For the sake of political correctness we shamelessly rewrite the history of the United States to slowly erase any recognition of the essential role which faith in God played in the existence of this country. How ironic this article airs the week before Thanksgiving. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe that public education was initially established in the United States so that, among other reasons, the people of this nation could read and understand the Bible. Oh, how far we have come from where our forefathers stood! We see crime increase and morals decline the further we depart from the principles of the Bible. As a nation we have finally “liberated” ourselves from the Bible only to be shackled to lives led by ignorance and self gratification. To the ACLU - Leave our county and let the residents and taxpayers determine what we teach in our schools!
Well thats interesting indeed; hopefully the teabagging parents can take the classes also, maybe they can learn Jesus all over again.
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Franklin D R Jackson wrote:
I teach Sunday School and Bible Study at a Baptist Church; therefore, I love to hear of the teaching of the Bible. However, it would be a grave mistake to teach the Bible simply as another great literature book or another great history book. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and should not be treated just as another great book. The conservatives should be really concerned if a smart 'non-believer' English teacher or history teacher is permitted to teach the Bible as literaure or history. There is so much in the Bible that must be accepted by faith.
Believers should opposed of having the Bible taught in a public school as literature or history.
Sincerely,
Franklin D. Jackson
A believer
I cheer that, maybe thats why people are living a dull life b/c they see the Bible like its another fictional book. B.I.B.L.E.(basic instrutions before leaving earth).
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CriticalMom wrote:
This is ludicrous! They are now wasting our schools money on bible crap when they should be putting the money into real books and computers and other things that will actually teach them something they will need in the future. So glad Henrico Co. isn't doing this.
The Love of Jesus does not reside in your heart; that is precisely the reason we have all kinds of evil in this world. Try waking up by yourself or for that matter breath His air.
REPENT or be LEFT BEHIND!!!!!!!!!!
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Richmond BIble Examiner wrote:
When I first heard about this, I was a little excited and even thought it would be great to teach it myself, but as I read further and listened more, I realized that there were going to be a number of problems apart from the finances.
If the Bible is taught as literature, you have to avoid the tendency to seek the deeper meanings as you would normally do with say, Tennyson or Twain. If it is taught as history, it will be impossible to teach the first few chapters without being influenced by your preconceived notions. The evolutionist will have to present them as allegory (and thus literature, not history), while the creationist will present it as the history it is and upset the ACLU. Then what do you do with the parting of waters, the sun standing still, sundials moving backwards, ax heads floating?…the list goes on and on, and you haven’t even left the Old Testament, yet?
Another problem will be finding the curriculum that maintains this delicate balance that the “powers that be” will be comfortable using. While I am sure there are some exceptions, those who teach that there are multiple writers of Isaiah and Daniel and promoters of “higher criticism”, most of those who study the Bible believe the Bible. The curriculum may have to be developed especially for the class, quite a challenge!
The biggest problem is going to be the Bible Itself. Because of its power and the fact that it is a living Book and not just another piece of literature, it will begin to have an impact on the teacher and the students! As I believe it was Spurgeon once said,“You don’t have to protect the Bible. It is like a lion, you just have to let it loose.” I look forward to seeing that! It will accomplish the purpose for which it has been sent forth.
This should prove interesting.
Present it and teach it like its Gods LOVE letter to His creation.
Yes, it will change a person from the inside to the outside, oh what a happy day when all Gods children will sit at His feet and be Blessed.
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So as a conclusion to this, I invite you sir to pick up and read a 5th grade history textbook to save yourself further confusion on who founded and built this country.
In short, you are the very one that need the tranforming power of the Word. Repent or be left behind thinking that your books will get you by.
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Present it and teach it like its Gods LOVE letter to His creation.
Yes, it will change a person from the inside to the outside, oh what a happy day when all Gods children will sit at His feet and be Blessed.
so we should teach our kids shellfish are an abomination and that if a guy rapes your wife you should make him pay you so he can marry her?
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The Love of Jesus does not reside in your heart; that is precisely the reason we have all kinds of evil in this world. Try waking up by yourself or for that matter breath His air.
REPENT or be LEFT BEHIND!!!!!!!!!!
considering religions track record i honestly doubt that.

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